Felipe Polo Garzon

R&D Staff Member, Surface Chemistry and Catalysis

Felipe Polo-Garzon received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad del Valle (Colombia), and received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University (United States) under the advice of Dr. David A. Bruce. His doctoral work consisted of a combined experimental and computational description of the reaction mechanism for dry reforming of methane (DRM) over pyrochlore catalysts. After obtaining his doctorate, he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Group in the Chemical Sciences Division. Later, he became a R&D Staff Member within the same group. His research interests deal with the development of reactivity descriptors for heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the elucidation of governing reaction mechanisms through in-situ and operando characterization techniques, kinetic analysis and computational tools. As part of this effort, he is interested in investigating the reconstruction of operating catalyst surfaces. His research expertise includes acid-base catalysis, methane conversion, water-gas shift reaction, among others.


Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS)
Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)

Specialized Equipment

Kinetic analysis of heterogeneous catalysts in microreactors
In-situ/operando IR spectroscopy
Adsorption Microcalorimetry